Osseo swim and dive team honored for fine season

Members of the Osseo High School boys’ swim and dive team were recently honored for having one of the best seasons in recent years.

During the 2012-13 season, the Orioles broke numerous individual, school and pool records and registered many all-time top times. As a team, Osseo placed well in the conference, section and state and qualified a large contingent to the state meet.

George Chronakos is one of many Orioles who contributed to Osseo’s success this past season.

George Chronakos is one of many Orioles who contributed to Osseo’s success this past season.

Osseo coach Marshall Abrahamson, who was named section coach of the year, announced the following individual and team awards and accomplishments:

• Varsity Letterwinners — Charlie Christianson, Josh Nelson, Joe Beaman, George Chronakos, Dylan Croonquist, Ben Gerber, Jerald Joseph, Isaac Lessard, Brad Rasmussen, Sam Smith, Tim van Laarhoven, Nolan Vander Ploeg, Kyle Pederson, Jake Rear, and Joe Nelson.

• All Conference — Croonquist, Nelson, van Laarhoven, Vander Ploeg.

• All Conference Honorable Mention — Christianson, Pederson, Rear, Jonah Smith, Sam Smith.

• Most Improved Rookie — Diver Sam Bethke

• Most Improved Veteran — Jacob Rear

• Hardest Worker — Joseph Nelson

• Spirit Award — Sam Smith

• MVP — Josh Nelson

• Coaches’ Award — Ben Kruger

• Next year’s captains — Vander Ploeg and van Laarhoven

 

STATE QUALIFIERS/PARTICIPANTS

Croonquist: 400 Freestyle Relay —10th

Nelson: 200 Medley Relay — 11th, 100 Freestyle — 17th, 100 Backstroke —18th,

400 Freestyle Relay —10th. Broke Section 5AA Record in 100 Freestyle.

Rear: 200 Medley Relay —11th

Nolan Vander Ploeg enjoyed a great 2012-13 season. He will return next year as a co-captain.

Nolan Vander Ploeg enjoyed a great 2012-13 season. He will return next year as a co-captain.

Vander Ploeg: 200 Medley Relay — 11th, 50 Freestyle —17th, 500 Freestyle —14th, 400 Freestyle Relay —10th.

van Laarhoven: 200 Medley Relay — 11th, 100 Breaststroke —14th, 400 Freestyle Relay —10th. Section 5AA Champ in the 100 Breaststroke.

200 Medley Relay tied the Section 5AA Record

 

SWIMMERS WITH TEAM RECORD/POOL RECORDS (SCHOOL):

Nelson — 100 Backstroke, 200 Medley Relay (St. Louis Park HS, Jackson MS), 400 Free Relay (Fred Moore MS)

Vander Ploeg — 500 Freestyle (Fred Moore MS, St. Louis Park HS, Jackson MS), 200 Medley Relay (St. Louis Park HS, Jackson MS), 400 Free Relay (Fred Moore MS)

van Laarhoven — 100 Breaststroke (Jackson MS), 200 Medley Relay (St. Louis Park HS, Jackson MS), 400 Free Relay (Fred Moore MS)

Croonquist — 400 Free Relay (Fred Moore MS)

 

SWIMMERS WITH ALL-TIME OSSEO TOP 10 FASTEST SWIMS:

200 Free: Nelson, Vander Ploeg

200 IM: van Laarhoven

50 Free: Vander Ploeg

100 Fly: van Laarhoven, Nelson

100 Free: Nelson, Vander Ploeg

500 Free: Vander Ploeg

100 Back: Nelson

100 Breast: van Laarhoven

 

TEAM AWARDS

Northwest Suburban Conference — fourth place out of 10 teams with 5-3 record.

JV Conference Championship Meet — fifth place.

5AA True Team Section Meet — third place out of eight teams.

5AA Section Meet — third place out of eight teams in the section.

AA State Meet — 19th out of 45 teams.

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